TASCMAR scientists, in their exploration of the ocean’s mesophotic zone in Eilat, have discovered species of octocorals previously unknown to science. Tel Aviv University discovered a new octocoral, called Altumia delicata, with both a new genus and new species (Octocorallia: Clavulariidae). The invertebrate was collected from mesophotic reefs of Eilat (northern Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea) and lives on dead antipatharian colonies and on artificial substrates. It has been recorded from deeper than 60 m down to 140 m and is thus considered to be a lower mesophotic octocoral.
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